Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo speaks after winning the vote in Mogadishu, Somalia, Feb. 8, 2017. Former Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo was elected new president of Somalia in a tightly contested polls held in Mogadishu on Wednesday. (Xinhua/Pan Siwei)

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo on Thursday called for a crucial security meeting between the federal government and leaders from the federal member states to be held in July to discuss key issues ahead of the elections.

Farmajo said in a statement said the meeting scheduled for July 5 to 8 in Mogadishu will discuss the elections, security, the fight against al-Shabab, the constitutional review and economic development.

“The Federal Government of Somalia emphasizes the importance of this conference, as it complements the political, security and economic achievements of the Somali people and guides the democratic process of our country,” he said in a statement.

The meeting comes as the Horn of African nation is expected to hold parliamentary elections in October while presidential polls will take place in February 2021.

The meeting between the national and federal member state leaders comes amid pressure from the international community to bring national and regional leaders together ahead of the 2020/21 polls.

Somalia, with the help of the international community, is making urgent preparations for universal suffrage elections.

Parliamentary and presidential elections took place in late 2016 and early 2017 through a system of indirect suffrage.

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